Grade 12 pupil from Thomas More takes title of Mr SA Teen

2014-03-10 00:00

A GRADE 12 pupil from Thomas More College in Kloof has taken the title of Mr South Africa Teen 2013/2014.

Petri Stander (17) beat 29 other Mr SA Teen finalists across the country to the crown during a swanky event held in Pretoria recently.

The judges were singer Andries Hendrik Potgieter, Mr SA owner Rudi Baker, Mr SA 2013 John Owens, businessperson Tracy Minnie and Mrs SA 2013 finalist Lydia Khumalo.

Petri won R10 000 as part of his prize.

Chatting to The Witness, Petri was modest about his achievement.

The youngster said he did not expect to win but was excited and overwhelmed.

The long journey to the title started in June and included provincial workshops, interviews and voting rounds to the finals.

Petri said he was approached by the Glamorous Model agency to enter the competition and did not think twice.

The tall and handsome young man said: “I always took care of myself as a young boy and made sure I was always well groomed.”

His typical day includes jogging before he goes to school and then a gym session in the afternoon.

Petri is also keen on sports and is part of his school’s first rugby team.

But his books are also a priority for this aspirant pilot who is busy doing his private pilot’s licence as a step to becoming a commercial pilot, an activity he focuses on during weekends.

He said even when he starts flying aircraft for a living, he still wants to continue modelling.

Petri thinks that his life hasn’t changed much since he was crowned Mr SA Teen, but he did admit that he is getting more calls than he did before.

“A bunch of people have been calling me, including newspapers,” he said.

He is also grateful to his friends and family for their support.

His tip to his peers and all the Mr SA Teen hopefuls is to “give it a go”.

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